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A Day No Pigs Would Die is a story that Robert Peck wrote to show the reader his adolescent life fate and the journey from boyhood to manhood Peck leads the reader through the intricate web of his youth almost as though he were a stitching needle The author makes sure not to miss a single stomach pumping detail leaving the reader well not quite wanting moreAs a young Shaker boy Robert lived with his mother Lucy father Haven and his aunt carrie The novel begins with a vivid scene in which he helps bring a calf into the world up on the ridge above their farm The mother seemed to have been posessed by some force of the underworld causing her her calf and Rob a great deal of pain Robert learns at an early age the value of a simple life hard work and a strict moral code While other boys his age spend their time playing Robert helps his father on the farm and does his own daily chores while raising a pig in hopes of supplementing the family income The role fate plays in this story is Roberts future and how he will make a living He is destined to become a farmer just like his father on the same land he grew up on He knows that when his father dies he will become the man of the house and he will be in charge of his mother and his aunt Robert would like very much to become famous but he is resticted in that it is against his religion Robert grows up feeling this constant sense of predestination with his whole life planned out before his eyes only making him feel even more the urge to break free and live freeRoberts father becomes ill with a lung disease and does all he can to help his son be ready to be the head of their household Haven develops a
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